NFL Week Two: Ravens At Eagles By The Numbers
By Russ Dlin
Series: Tied 1-1-1
Only Tie: Nov. 16, 1997, 10-10 at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore
How many of you left M&T Bank Stadium Sept. 10 pounding your chest? The Ravens sent the Bengals back to Ohio battered and bruised. The Ravens scored 44 points, which was more than they scored during any game all of last season. In addition, quarterback Joe Flacco completed 72 percent of his passes, which was a lot better than his 57.6 percent completion percentage during 2011. It was a complete victory, which sent Baltimore into a frenzy on national television.
This week, the Ravens travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles, who squeaked past the Cleveland Browns, 17-16, last week. It was one of the craziest games in NFL history statistically:
* Michael Vick became the first Eagles quarterback to throw four interceptions and win a game since Norm Snead threw four picks during a 23-20 victory against the New York Giants Nov. 2, 1969, at Yankee Stadium.
* Since 2008, there have been 68 games during which a team has committed five or more turnovers. Only three of those teams have won, including the Eagles last week.
* The Eagles held the Browns' 28-year-old rookie quarterback, Brandon Weeden, to a 5.1 passer rating (12-for-35, 118 yards, four interceptions), which is the lowest rating by a rookie quarterback in NFL history.
For the Ravens, here are three players to watch out for this weekend against the Eagles:
1. Haloti Ngata -- Ngata has two sacks against Cincinnati, and he leads all AFC defensive linemen in tackles (68) since 2011.
AFC Defensive Linemen Tackles Leaders Since 2011
Haloti Ngata, Baltimore: 68 tackles (39 solo, 29 assisted)
J.J. Watt, Houston: 59 tackles (50 solo, nine assisted)
Vince Wilfork, New England: 53 tackles (30 solo, 23 assisted)
Brett Keisel, Pittsburgh: 49 tackles (34 solo, 15 assisted)
Tommy Kelly, Oakland: 45 tackles (29 solo, 16 assisted)
2. Anquan Boldin -- Boldin caught a beautiful touchdown pass from Joe Flacco during the win against Cincinnati. He should be Flacco's go-to-guy this weekend.
Most Receptions Per Game In NFL History (Minimum 500 Receptions)
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis: 190 games, 1,102 receptions, 14,580 yards, 13.2 yards per catch, 5.8 receptions/game
Andre Johnson, Houston: 123 games, 714 receptions, 9,775 yards, 13.7 yards per catch, 5.8 receptions/game
Anquan Boldin, Baltimore: 125 games, 707 receptions, 9,244 yards, 13.1 yards per catch, 5.66 receptions/game
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona: 125 games, 697 receptions, 9,678 yards, 13.9 yards per catch, 5.58 receptions per game
3. Joe Flacco -- He has guided the Ravens offense in the right direction.
Fact 1: Flacco has won 44 games during the last four years, which is the most by any NFL quarterback during that span.
Fact 2: When Flacco and the Ravens have scored first, they have won 34 of Flacco's last 39 starts. That is the best record (34-5) in the NFL for any starting quarterback.
Fact 3: The Ravens have won 12 straight games in which they've led at halftime. That is the best stretch in team history.
Prediction: Ravens 24, Eagles 10. The Ravens looked solid against the Bengals, while the Eagles are still trying to figure out how they beat the Browns.
Posted Sept. 13, 2012